Following the sensational and very public Amber Heard v/s Johnny Depp defamation trial, where the jury unanimously concluded that Heard had defamed Depp, Amber Heard has decided to tell her side of the story to Savannah Guthrie in an exclusive interview with NBC News, airing Tuesday and Wednesday on TODAY. She claimed:
“Even somebody who is sure I’m deserving of all this hate and vitriol, even if you think that I’m lying, you still couldn’t tell me — look me in the eye and tell me — that you think on social media there’s been a fair representation. You cannot tell me that you think that this has been fair.”
.@savannahguthrie sat down for an exclusive conversation with #AmberHeard. "You cannot tell me that you think that this has been fair,” Heard shared, in reference to social media representation. pic.twitter.com/56Ju7pYg1x
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) June 13, 2022
The Ugly Chronology
The trial was precisely about when Heard had claimed to have survived domestic abuse in a 2018 op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post. Despite not explicitly using Depp’s name, his attorneys alleged that the op-ed was directly referencing her claims during their divorce in 2016. Depp sued Heard for $50 million, on the grounds that the op-ed impacted his career. She counter-sued for $100 million.
A libel trial raising similar issues was held in the UK in 2020, which Depp lost. The actor had sued a newspaper after it claimed he assaulted Heard. The judge had ruled that the newspaper’s claims were “substantially true.” According to Heard’s attorney, this judgement was not disclosed to the jurors in Virginia. In fact, the jurors were ordered not to read about or research the case.
Johnny Depp got abundant online support from the beginning
Depp got unconditional support on social media throughout the trial. By June 3, the hashtag #justiceforjohnnydepp had nearly 20 billion views on TikTok, while #justiceforamberheard had only over 80 million. Hashtags like #amberheardisguilty had 900 million views on social media.
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Heard’s legal team has claimed that despite being instructed to stay-off social media, the biased online representation did impact the case. “There’s no way they couldn’t have been influenced by it, and it was horrible,” Heard’s attorney Elaine Charlson Bredehoft said on TODAY on June 2. “It really, really was lopsided.”
In the end, “clear and convincing evidence” that Heard defamed Depp had been found by the seven-person jury, awarding him $15 million in combined compensatory and punitive damages. The judge reduced the punitive damages, making the total amount that Heard owes Depp $10.4 million. After they found that one of Depp’s lawyers had defamed Heard, the jury also awarded $2 million to her in compensatory damages.
Amber Heard presents her side of the story
Heard claimed in the interview that she’s not offended by the public’s opinion of her, despite the verdict and the online hatred.
“I don’t care what one thinks about me or what judgements you want to make about what happened in the privacy of my own home, in my marriage, behind closed doors,” Heard said. “I don’t presume the average person should know these things. And so I don’t take it personally.”
Heard also said that she doesn’t blame the jury for the verdict against her.
“I actually understand,” she said. “He’s a beloved character and people feel they know him. He’s a fantastic actor.”